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Animated GIF Party!

Started Jun 30

Sound Designers Get Stung
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin M Mitchell Jun 16.

2014 Tony Awards Wrap-Up!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacob Coakley Jun 10.


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Joe Wallace replied to Jacob Coakley's discussion Brilliant Play for 14-18 year olds? in the group Directors
"I realize this is an old thread, but this question comes up quite often, so I figured I would reply.  In Rhode Ilsand, we tend to like "ensemble" pieces in which the entire cast is on stage assuming various roles, making tableaus,…"
Eric Stehl replied to Jacob Coakley's discussion Fireworks! in the group Lighting
"Back in the late 80's for a production of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' for the finale of the birthday party, we had 8 welded mortars (Heavy tube steel (1" ID) on flat plate with a bottom touch hole). They were loaded with 1/2 to…"
Jul 21
J.Henry Johnson replied to Jacob Coakley's discussion Fireworks! in the group Lighting
"Being a pyrotechnician as well as a theatre professional I have to say that flying a drone into a fireworks display was incredibly stupid. There are a number of possible hazards involved if there had been a collision. I believe that there are Aldo…"
Jul 7
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Jul 7
Jacob Coakley added a discussion to the group Lighting


Not gonna lie, I love fireworks. I love the spectacle, and I love the great big thump they make when they explode. So the video below is pretty heavenly -- someone flew a small quadcopter into the middle of a fireworks display and recorded it in high-def. It's jaw dropping. Go ahead and watch it full-screen and in high-def. But as much as I love fireworks, they're quite impractical for theatre. :-) So how do  you create fireworks? What's your favorite fireworks gobo or strobing pattern? How do…See More
Jul 7
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Animated GIF Party!

OK, let's face it, no one's getting any work done this week. It's a short week for July 4th, you should be past tech for your summer shows -- or completely relaxing if you work in a traditional setting -- so let's throw a party! Share your favorite theatre-themed animated GIF's here! I've uploaded a few to start us off... First up, my favorite musical theatre doyenne ever, Bernadette Peters…See More
Jun 30
Kevin M Mitchell replied to Jacob Coakley's discussion Sound Designers Get Stung
"My head spun three and a half times at the "because too few of their judges understood what good sound design was" line. In addition to agreeing with Mr. Smith, I say to the Tonys, "well, how about EXPLAINING it to the voters…"
Jun 16
James David Smith, RC4 Wireless replied to Jacob Coakley's discussion Sound Designers Get Stung
"The NYT times, a general-circulation forum, understands the significance of this.  I wager that a majority of the theatre-attending public grasps that sound is a huge part of the experience.  Jim RC4"
Jun 16

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USITT Distinguished Achievement Award Winners in Conversation

There’s no WiFi in the arena where the award winners are in conversation, so I won’t be live-blogging this, just blog-blogging this.

The Distinguished Award Winners and moderators, from left to right are: Susan Threadgill, Shirley Prendergast, Kevin Rigdon (moderator), Jim Bakkom, Eugene Lee, Ann Roth,…


Posted on March 31, 2014 at 11:30am

Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design at USITT 2014

Good morning! Gonna start the day with a conversation about light! From the USITT catalogue: 

New York lighting designer Shirley Prendergast will receive the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design for her ground-breaking career, including becoming the first…


Posted on March 27, 2014 at 7:30am

A Prop Untethered: The Magic of Wireless Dimming at USITT 2014

Greetings all! This is a placeholder post for now, but on Wednesday, March 26, I'll start live-blogging the A Prop Untethered: The Magic of Wireless Dimming session from USITT! Come back then for more updates, obviously. Meanwhile, here's the session description from the USITT show catalogue: 

Theatrical props and costumes can often be enhanced with light or motion, but operating these enhancements can be problematic. Rather than settle for effects that are always on, or…


Posted on March 25, 2014 at 12:30pm

My 2014 USITT Schedule

So once again it is time for USITT! It’s like Christmas for technical theatre nuts. A full week of informative sessions, networking and new gear. It’s one of my busiest few days of the year as I run around like mad trying to do everything all at once. This year my USITT experience kicks off as I live-blog and live-tweet a Props/Lighting Session, A Prop Untethered: The Magic of Wireless Dimming. The first session I ever went to at a USITT show was a similar one a few years back, so I’m…


Posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:41pm

The 2014 Oscars and Theatre

For the second year in a row I ate to much at my Oscar party -- and lost my Oscar pool. D'oh! But even though I didn't win the pool, I had a great time watching the Oscars (of course) -- especially with all the theatre shout-outs. (I also loved the rotating set pieces and the rose curtain.) Here were some of my favorite theatre moments -- including one that will probably embarrass John Travolta for a very long time... What your favorite moments of the show? 

First, Idina…


Posted on March 2, 2014 at 11:06pm

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At 6:26pm on December 19, 2010, Shan Ayers said…
No worries about the blog Jacob. I love the idea and can't wait to read more
At 11:46am on November 8, 2010, Nancy O'Banion said…
HI. I teach a High School Theatre 3/4 class. We are working on audition materials for college auditions. I'm not able to get the students out of class for the scheduled time of the chat. Is there a place we could look at the chat after it has happened?
At 4:51pm on March 18, 2010, Steve Shelley said…
hi jacob; just a quick note. a) i was going to post this in general but couldn't figure out where general was. is there a public forum out there that an old luddite like me can't find it? and b) my post concerns the fact that i was about to submit my taxes today when i discovered, much to my surprise, that i had TWO 1099's from two different producers that lumped in additional monies to the fees. on one, for example, i got paid a fee of $1000. but the 1099 said $1,203.75. that's because they added my fee and the money they reimbursed me for my petty cash [$203.75] together. which is WRONG.

the second 1099 reflected not only the fee, but added in the per diem as well. which i think is also wrong, but at this point that's only my opnion. i have to get back to my accountant.

bottom line, this is the time of year for the taxes to be addressed. and everyone should take the time to carefully examine their 1099's and W-2's to make sure the information is right. and if it isn't; NOW is the time to ask for explanations or corrections. NOT the day before you submit your taxes.

all the best,

At 1:38pm on February 09, 2010, Michael F. Snider gave Jacob Coakley a gift
At 10:14pm on October 13, 2009, Mr. Scott said…
Hello Jacob.

I must say this is a great site. Not only for solving one of my biggest problems - I am shy by nature and find myself running a great little theater business...but I don't like marketing (and hence I am not terribly good at it.) Connecting with people that would be interested in and benefit from Newmark Scenic is one of my most difficult tasks.

But also the layout and configuration kicks ass. If the software running this is pre-packaged it rocks. Rarely have I seen this level of custom control of a blog type site. Recently I went to login, but had no bookmarks. Typing in the URL led me to a hosting service park/marketing page, and I got really concerned that theatre face went down. Then I realized I had typed theaterface.com!

Keep up the good work, it is appreciated.
At 8:38pm on June 30, 2009, Mark A. Fernandes said…
making ground towers, and finishing up on my new redesigned conical connector also is there any place on here where I can show my Qtrac?
At 5:07pm on June 30, 2009, Bruce Bartlett said…
Hi Jacob,
Thanks for making the comment wall available. If anyone has questions about theater mic techniques or microphones, especially stage-floor microphones, I'd be happy to attempt a reply.
Bruce Bartlett
At 1:42pm on June 22, 2009, Jason Phillips said…
...designing a lifetime desire -- The Nutcracker.

New website at: www.jasonphillipsdesigns.com

What's the job situation nation wide? Anyone?
At 1:49pm on May 12, 2009, Sarah Hupcey said…
Thank you! It's a picture from my production of The Mill on the Floss in December last year.
At 5:30pm on April 4, 2009, Tricia Martin said…
I was looking for pictures to post here and came upon a couple of drawings of mine I thought you may like...

(I REALLY like horror movies...heheh)


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